One of the best parts of this job is watching families grow but particularly this family that has a beautiful story. They followed God’s call to adopt and that’s when Jude came to be their son. He was their first child and when they decided to try again to adopt a brother or sister for him she didn’t know that she was already pregnant with little girl Noa. I loved watching Jude grow up and be a big brother. His personality is so sweet and gentle. And watching him with little Noa made my heart just explode. This little family is a great reminder of why I do what I do!
I knew the minute I got Virginia’s first email I liked her and her style. Oooooh ya, this couple! Boats, Jack Rogers, Hydrangeas, the dogs….All the things I love! I will very much enjoy shooting this wedding next year. More than anything though I love both Nick and Virginia’s hospitable spirit and sweet love for each other!
We started the day staring at the weather because, because it’s good ole VA, they were calling for bad weather. We were back and forth all day to finally we just went for it rain or shine, and luckily we got the shine! It was a perfect night! It was cool, bright, and perfect. We strolled through a garden near their home and talked all about flowers and plants. It was everything I love about the east coast! All the gorgeous fields that lead to the marsh and water. Long docks with a wide view. Then we took the boat out and just about 5 minutes across the water we got to this cute little beach they love. This whole session was meaningful and full of home for them.
I could talk to Virginia and Nick all day, and so excited about this wedding!
Tristan has the biggest and best laugh. She lights up any room and makes anything fun! Jon loves her with every beat of his heart and shows it best when he she is in his arms. Jon recently lost his beautiful mom and met his amazing dad. So many, including his new in-laws, where surrounding him. He danced with his new mother-in-law and his aunt who stood in for his mom. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen at a wedding. And in this loss, it felt like these two families came together in such a beautiful way. Jon will always be surrounded by family. Tristan will always be surrounded by family. Together in their marriage they will always be supported, surrounded and loved.
Congrats to the new husband and wife!
Special thanks to Christina Bounds for always being ready!
Ceremony and Reception// Grand Affairs
Photography// Dani White Photography
Catering// Grand Affairs
DJ// Astro Entertainment
Photo Booth// Astro Entertainment
Hair// Leslie Long
There have been a few of my couples that when they get married they welcome more than just a new husband or wife, but also children. Not one of my couples look the same, and there are so many stories, and their marriages effect so many that surround them. When there are kids involved, the joining of the two different families seems just a little bigger! When Kendra walks down the aisle to her Gabriel she will also become a mom! And while sometimes that all can get complicated, I love just how simple the love is that comes from these two for their Makyala!
I can’t wait for these two and their fall Hermitage wedding!
Ceremony// New Life Church
Reception// Atlantic Shores Baptist Church
OOOh this. I lived across the street from this home. There was a sweet old lady that lived there, but soon after meeting her they put the house for sale. When Rachel bought it I noticed how much she spent time on that amazing front porch and I immediately knew I would like her. I love me some front porch people! Then came Jon, then came a gorgeous tropical wedding pictures I got to see on Facebook and then there was the baby announcement. I have loved watching this sweet girl go from decorating her gorgeous home and settling in, to growing her family. Baby Emma is so lucky to have Jon and Rachel as her parents. She will have so many adventures!
Congrats Jon and Rachel!
Connor was so precious all day. He stood by his Dad while they said their vows, he almost dropped the rings in the sand, he was so excited about eating cake, he danced with his mom and then he nearly fell asleep in his Dad’s arms. It was a wild day for him, but a day his parents will never ever forget.
Allison looked radiant. From the moment I walked into the getting ready room to when we said our goodbyes at the end her smile was so pure. I loved rocking out to 90’s hip hop while she got her hair done. She knew most of the words! I loved watching her and Matt hug all their friends. They really do have some amazing friends! The sun was hot but it was gorgeous! I hope this was the day she imagined in her mind when she knew she wanted to marry Matt!
I am so happy for you both Allison and Matt! Congrats!
Special thanks to Christina Bounds for being my other pair of eyes!
What an adventure this past weekend was, and exhausting! When Ryan and I were newly married we went to New York City with friends for our first Christmas together and it was awesome! I’m so glad we got to go back for this, and I have kind of always wanted to do a session in NYC.
Caitlin and Matt were the perfect couple to do this for. They are fun, sweet, and so easy going. Also, they helped us navigate the subway which I am thankful for. Strolling through Central Park on such a gorgeous night made me think of all those romantic comedies. In front of the Boat House (which always makes me think of 27 Dresses) where tons of couples rowing in the little rowboats. We even walked by a couple getting engaged right in front of us. Well, and we say a few rats.
I still can’t believe I got to do this! I am so excited for their vineyard wedding this fall!!
I’ve been waiting to do this for a long long time and it is finally here. Some of it we did ourselves and, of course, that takes a lot more time. When we moved in 2 years ago I didn’t hate the kitchen, but I definitely didn’t love it. We had just renovated the kitchen in our other house and it was a little bit of a bummer moving into another older kitchen, but I knew I wanted to do this kitchen better than our last and I wanted to wait. We waited the two years to save up and to also really get to know what we liked and didn’t like. We didn’t take our time in the last house because we didn’t think we would be there long, but this house we plan to stay a little longer so I wanted it done really well.
Since October we have removed a wall, Ryan built a farm table and we renovated the kitchen. The whole house looks so different! Every morning I come down to make breakfast and it’s like Christmas morning every time. I still marvel at how much better everything looks! When we moved in I started to notice just how banged up this kitchen was. There were chunks of wood missing and it always looked dirty because you could see the brown wood contrasting with the white paint. I think the previous owners painted it and didn’t finish the inside so it felt dirty even more. I hated the old silver hardware and the paint was more yellow than white. Also, the counter tops were pink! Not hot pink, but like a baby pink.
The last kitchen was almost all DIY. The kitchen cabinets where painted, doors and hardware replaced and we did the backsplash. We paid someone to do the countertops (cheap laminate about $600) and we paid someone to install the recessed lights.
This time we shopped around. In the last house we just refaced the cabinets, and this time we wanted new cabinets. There really is a nice benefit to clean, new tracks and new wood. We went to Cabinets To Go and it was going to be about $12k for a whole new white, shaker style cabinets. We were all excited until we went to the showroom. The display they had for the shaker cabinets just didn’t sit well with me. They looked plastic. There was a weird looking bottom trim on all of them that reminded me of a Fisher-Price play kitchen. I didn’t want to spend all that money on something I didn’t LOVE, but we really wanted to go with new cabinets and everything else was a little too expensive. So we called our Carson, our guy that removed our wall and did the roof of the screened-in porch in our old house. He’s our favorite. We met with him and his favorite cabinet guy. They talked us into keeping our cabinets. They said that the wood was still really good, it would be cheaper and they could make them like new! I told them I wanted a bunch of changes in the layout of the cabinets and Carson pretty much said he could make all that happen! The whole thing would cost (including the sink and backsplash) the same as the cabinets at Cabinets-To-Go (CTG was including the granite counter top)! SO YES! Of course!
Carson came first and for about two weeks he demoed and reconstructed the shape of the cabinets. He did things like raise the microwave (it was not to code), turn cabinets in to drawer stacks, create a 45 degree cabinet (top next to the sink, and because it utilized the space better), and moved the dishwasher over for the big lazy susan cabinet. Then came Albert. He made all our doors and the shiplap in his shop and just installed it. Even the hardware is from his shop (that was a job we hated doing in our last kitchen).
Of course the process was much longer than quoted, but that’s to be expected, and it was worth the wait. I have my DREAM KITCHEN! Also, my dream sink!
There is so much that was changed and when you look below you will see more details! These guys are artists, truly! They sculpted the wood and polished it off to look brand new! THEY ARE AMAZING!
Bye bye pink counter tops, yellowing cabinets and dints and damaged wood!
HELLO DREEAAAMMMMM KITCHEN!!!!!
More of the “before” can be seen here.
Albert installed “skins” on all the insides to make them look new. No one would ever know those are the original cabinets! Carson sanded and smoothed the outside then Albert painted!
This is the “shiplap” Albert made! It looks amazing!
Best granite ever! It’s called Fantasy Brown from Stones4Kitchens! It’s a level 3 and about $2,700 for this kitchen (price is based on square footage).
Love this faucet! It’s from Lowes. About the only thing from Lowes haha.
Let me tell you about farm sinks. If you think they are all for looks and no function you’re totes wrong. This sink is amazing. It SO BIG! This pic doesn’t do it justice. I can soak a giant pot AND wash all the dinner dishes at the same time! I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE IT!!! The sink was about $600!
My grandmother gave this to me from her sink window and it is planted in a pot my great grandfather made (he was a potter in the 20’s-40’s).
This was one of my “must haves.” I wanted drawers for my pots! I know it’s weird, but let me tell you it is SOOOO much better than a regular cabinet. Things don’t fall. I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to find the right top and it stays organized because I can see everything. This use to be two regular cabinets that Carson transformed into these large drawers. Like magic!
We wanted to match the wood that is our mantle with these open shelves. This use to have a cabinet, but I have pretty things and I wanted to be able to display them. It actually saves us some money!
Here is a better look at the farm table Ryan built. We had a very cute pedestal table but we outgrew it. You can see it here. It is currently in our garage waiting for me to find it a new home. The chairs are from Target and I LOVE them! They are pretty solid and easy to clean.
Found this light on Birch Lane.
You can see in this picture where the wall was removed! Now the whole place is open! Honestly, if I had to only pick one renovation it would be that. It changed everything. Best decision ever! We had to move electrical and plumbing and it was about $1500.
The before desk area. You can really see where the sides of the cabinets were all beat up.